Lucy Shuker made the doubles final of the Melbourne Open
Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett & Andy Lapthorne reached singles semi-finals
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Lucy Shuker played the final warm up event before the Australian Open and made the doubles final.
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Lucy Shuker teamed up with Kgothatso Montjane for the Melbourne Open. The Brit/South African were the second seeds. In their first match the pair were up against Angelica Bernal & Macarena Cabrillana. The seeds wasted little time in the first set, dominating play and breaking at will. Shuker & Montjane soon had the lead. In the second set the Brit/South African continued their dominance, and moved into the final dropping only one game. The score was 6-0, 6-1.
In the final Shuker & Montjane were against the Dutch top seeds Diede De Groot & Aniek Van Koot. The top seeds handled the Brit/South African serve well, and soon took the lead. The second set was a little closer, but ultimately De Groot & Van Koot secured the break of serve to take the match 6-2, 6-3.
Unfortunately in the singles Shuker came up against Van Koot in the first round. The Dutch player was in dominant form in the first set, as the Brit struggled with serve. Van Koot took the first set easily. The second set was closer, however, with Shuker holding her own. Ultimately, the Dutch player secured the break needed and moved into the semi-final 6-1, 6-4.
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Alfie Hewett & Gordon Reid entered the singles and doubles. In the doubles round robin format they unfortunately didn’t manage to win a match, so finished last in the table. However, the singles were more of a success. In the quarter-final Gordon Reid was against Nicolas Pfeifer. Reid totally dominated the Frenchman in both sets, dropping only three games, and moving to the semi-final 6-2, 6-1.
In the semi-final Reid was up against Gustavo Fernández the top seed. The Argentine dominated the Brit, who was clearly struggling. Reid retired from the match, so the top seed moved into the final 5-1 (RET).
Alfie Hewett was the second seed. His first round opponent was Ben Weekes. The Australian was outclassed by Hewett who didn’t drop a game and moved into the semi-final 6-0, 6-0.
The semi-final saw the Brit against Belgian Joachim Gérard. In the first set the Belgian managed to break serve of the Brit and take the lead. In the second set the Belgian dominated Hewett and took the match in straight sets, moving into the final 6-3, 6-2.
Andy Lapthorne was the top seed, and received a bye into the semi-final. His opponent was Niels Vink. The Dutch player was too strong for Lapthorne in the first set. Vink dominated and the Brit was unable to get any games on the board. In the second set the seed managed to hold serve for a couple of games. Unfortunately, the Dutchman was able to break again though and took the match 6-0, 6-2.
In the doubles round Robin, Lapthorne and his partner David Wagner finished in second place behind the Dutch pair of Vink & Sam Schroeder.
Next week Brits play at the Australian Open, Phillip Island, Pochefstroom, Biella, USA, Egypt, Turkey & Tunisia.
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